Marko Anastasov wrote this on March 14, 2011

Predictability of (open) platforms

Chris Dixon wrote a nice and concise article on the economics of software platforms, which reflect how seasoned software developers approach them.

The final paragraph explains, in a nutshell, the core reasons why we’ve based our company on open platforms:

The least risky platforms to develop on are successful open platforms like the web, email, and Linux. These platforms tend to change slowly and have very public development roadmaps. In the rare case where a technology is subsumed by an open platform, it is usually apparent far in advance. […] The predictability of open platforms is the main reason that vast amounts of wealth have been created on top of them and investment around them continues unabated.

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About Marko Anastasov

Marko co-founded Rendered Text. He’s a programmer with a passion of creating something for other people, coupled with interests in how things work in the society and nature. He is having a great time working across many areas in the company, including product design, helping the engineering teams, empowering users and marketing. He likes to counterbalance it all with running, cycling or a day in the woods.

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